Welcome Orquesta Akokán!

Coming from Daptone Records, we are glad to introduce the newest members of the Defend Family,  Orquesta Akokán! Assembled and led by Cuban vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez, Orquesta Akokán is a big band collective of the finest musicians in Cuba, both young and old. Born out of a shared vision by vocalist Gómez, producer Jacob Plasse, and arranger Michael Eckroth, the group reinvigorates the sound of the golden era of Cuban mambo with a bold new energy. Regarding their name, Akokán is a Yoruba word used in Cuba meaning “from the heart” and when you listen to these guys, it’s evident every note they play is just that. Again, please help us give a warm welcoming to Orquesta Akokán!